At least one Huntsville television station told viewers to prepare for power outages tonight. Certainly it’s good to have a battery operated weather radio on standby; however, not everyone does. Many rely on local civil defense sirens to tell them when to take shelter.
The Shoals is under a tornado watch until at least 11:00 p.m. and earlier was under an actual warning for 30 minutes. Did you hear the sirens?
We’ve had reports that the sirens weren’t activated in Sheffield. This isn’t the first time in recent memory that our Sheffield readers have contacted us about non-working sirens. Aren’t they tested weekly?
If you’re concerned (and you should be), you need to contact the Sheffield City Council. That’s assuming they aren't blown away later tonight…
As a side note, we referred above to the sirens as “civil defense” sirens. Theoretically, these sirens would sound the alarm if the Shoals is ever attacked by terrorists. We do have to ask how citizens would know the difference between tornadoes and terrorists?